We’ve searched high and low for the ULTIMATE guilt-free soft oatmeal raisin cookie. After years of scouring shelves, we decided to throw in the towel and MAKE ONE (several, actually). Here’s our recipe now — for your chewing pleasure!
Ingredients: 3/4 cup regular oats
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup raisins (not packed), chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
2 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
2 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
2 tbsp. no-sugar-added applesauce
2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, Splenda, butter, applesauce, egg substitute, and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly with a wire whisk or fork.
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt, and stir until completely mixed and smooth.
Add oats and raisins, and mix until both are thoroughly coated with the batter.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon batter onto the sheet in 6 evenly spaced mounds. Using the back of a spoon, spread and flatten batter into circles about 3 1/2 inches wide.
Place in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.
Remove baking sheet from the oven, and allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the sheet. Then slide parchment paper onto a cool surface, and let cool completely. Enjoy!
Oatmeal is delicious, raisins are delicious, so why wouldn’t they be terrific together in cookie-form? Yum + Yum = Double Yum. Right? While this semi-mathematical formula has failed us before (sorry, pumpkin + sauerkraut!), this time it works out well. But the problem is guilt-free + guilt-free DOESN’T add up to a low-calorie result when eggs, too much brown sugar, butter, and shortening enter the picture. The average medium-large soft oatmeal raisin cookie contains 296 calories and 11g fat. And THAT’s just an AVERAGE. Bruegger’s makes a jumbo oatmeal raisin cookie with 800 calories and 23g fat (POINTS® value 17*). SHEESH… it’s a cookie, not a four-course meal! So how can ours be so delicious AND so guilt-free? We swapped out all the high-fat and high-calorie ingredients with ones that are low yet still delicious. Doy! With less than half the calories and a quarter of the fat of average oatmeal raisin cookies, ours will ROCK your cookie-chewin’ world.